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Avian Ltd Amour

First made in 1991, the Amour was designed for the recreational pilot. It was claimed to be an exceptionally agile performance wing.
The Amour has an aerofoil king post, 17 top surface battens, and 4 undersurface battens, trim tips, HT 30 TF tubing, no keel pocket, mylar leading edge, 4.2 ounce sail cloth, VB, and a weight of 56 lbs in the bag was claimed. Price including VAT was £1938.75.
Later models, the Amour 159, were upgraded to include 19 top surface battens and 6 under surface battens.


The 1991 Avian Amour is described as a lovely glider - respectable performance - easy handling easy landing. A good 2nd glider for those looking for more perfomance - or more experienced pilots looking for a 'Fun' wing.
Some 159 had tendency to drop a wing on landing. Some land well, others don't. On light wind landings, it seems to resist the flare, followed by a tip stall, with the stalled wing catching. Apparently 'de-tuning' the tips helps, as does 'landing' 2m above the ground (out of ground effect?). Otherwise, very nice glider.
Handling is a little stiff, heard rather heavy pilots reporting it too. However with a bit of push out while weightshifting you can turn it reasonably quick or keep that wing down. The Amour159 reportedly handles easier. The glider a bit stiff in turn (especially if turn with bank angle more than 45 degrees).
Landing - didn't notice much resistance to flare, but heard of that on 159 size. Quite easy on 139.
Rather short control frame, good for short pilots. All construction is definitely aimed to satisfy small pilots.
Amour 139
Wing area: 12.5 m²
Wing span: 8.85 m
Aspect ratio: 6.3
Minimum pilot weight: 48 kg
Maximum pilot weight: 80 kg
Nose angle: 121°
Amour 159
Wing area: 14.6 sq.m / 157 sq ft
Wing span: 9.85 m / 32.3 ft
Nose Angle: 123 degs
Aspect ratio: 6.7
Double surface: 75%
Hang glider weight: 29 kg
Pilot weight: 64-93 kg / 10-14 st
Minimum speed: 24 km/h / 15 mph
Maximum speed: 90 km/h / 55 mph
Max glide ratio (L/H): 11.5
Minimum sink rate: 0.86 m/s
Packed length: 5.9 m
Certification: BHPA
Price (1991) £ 2350

Price (1998) £ 2827


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